Restorative Justice and Violence Against Women

Hardcover | November 30, 2009

EditorJames Ptacek

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Despite significant accomplishments over the past 35 years, antiviolence activists know that justice for most abused women remains elusive. Most victims do not call the police or seek help from the courts, making it crucial to identify new ways for survivors to find justice. Thispath-breaking book examines new justice practices for victims that are being used in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. These informal, dialogue-based practices, referred to as "restorative justice," seek to decrease the role of the state in responding to crime, and increase theinvolvement of communities in meeting the needs of victims and offenders. Restorative justice is most commonly used to address youth crimes and is generally not recommended or disallowed for cases of rape, domestic violence, and child sexual abuse. Nevertheless, restorative practices are beginningto be used to address violent crime. Restorative Justice and Violence Against Women considers both the dangers and potential benefits of using restorative justice in response to these crimes. The contributors include antiviolence activists and scholars from the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Some are strongly infavor of using restorative practices in these cases, some are strongly opposed, and many lie somewhere in between. Their chapters introduce a range of perspectives on alternative justice practices, offering rich descriptions of new programs that combine restorative justice with feministantiviolence approaches.Controversial and forward-thinking, this volume presents a much-needed analysis of restorative justice practices in cases of violence against women. Advocates, community activists, and scholars will find the theoretical perspectives and vivid case descriptions presented here to be invaluable toolsfor creating new ways for abused women to find justice.

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Despite significant accomplishments over the past 35 years, antiviolence activists know that justice for most abused women remains elusive. Most victims do not call the police or seek help from the courts, making it crucial to identify new ways for survivors to find justice. Thispath-breaking book examines new justice practices for v...

James Ptacek has been working on the problem of men's violence against women for over twenty-five years. He has pursued this work in a variety of roles: as a batterers' counselor; a researcher; a teacher; and a trainer on institutional responses to domestic violence. His research has focused on how men who batter account for their v...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:312 pages, 6.1 × 9.29 × 0.91 inPublished:November 30, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part I. Overview: Restorative Justice and Feminist Activism1. James Ptacek: Resisting Co-Optation: Three Feminist Challenges to Anti-Violence WorkPart II. Critical Perspectives on Restorative Justice in Cases of Violence Against Women2. Loretta Frederick and Kristine C. Lizdas: The Role of Restorative Justice in the Battered Women's Movement3. Rashmi Goe: At Cross Roads or Cross Purposes?: Aboriginal Women and Political Pursuit in Canadian Sentencing Circles4. Pamela Rubin: A Community of One's Own?: When Women Speak to Power About Restorative Justice5. Julie Stubbs: Restorative Justice, Gendered Violence, and Indigenous Women6. Heather Nancarrow: Restorative Justice for Domestic and Family Violence:Hopes and Fears of Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Australian Women7. Kathleen Daly and Heather Nancarrow: Restorative Justice and Youth Violence Toward ParentsPart III. From Critique to New Possibilities: Innovative Feminist Projects8. Joan Pennell and Mimi Kim: Opening Conversations Across Cultural, Gender, and Generational Divides: Family and Community Engagement to Stop Violence Against Women and Children9. Mimi Kim: Alternative Interventions to Intimate Violence: Defining Political and Pragmatic Challenges10. Mary P. Koss: Restorative Justice for Acquaintance Rape and Misdemeanor Sex Crimes11. Shirley Julich: Restorative Justice and Gendered Violence in New Zealand: A Glimmer of Hope12. Andrea Smith: Beyond Restorative Justice: Radical Organizing Against Violence